Sunday 21 June 2020
Lucy cavendish singers
Director Katharina Megli
Sunday Coffee Concert
Coffee from 11:00 Concert 12:00 £12/£8 under 16
Since their first public concert in 2009, the Lucy Cavendish Singers have been capturing the hearts and minds of audiences with their vibrant performances and imaginative programmes. Performing entirely from memory, the Singers bring enormous commitment and spontaneity to their songs. The varied musical background of the individual singers supports a wide-ranging repertoire from jazz and traditional music to classical pieces.
The Singers were formed in 2008 by their Director, Katharina Megli, who particularly enjoys the challenge of combining distinctive voices to create an unusual and intense choral sound. She chooses music with the individual singers in mind to showcase particular talents in solos or small ensembles and to bring out the strengths of each member of the choir. Most full choir songs are sung unaccompanied. For solos and small groups the Singers may be joined by one or more of their excellent musicians on violin, double bass, lute, harp or piano and programmes sometimes also include solo instrumental numbers. From this diverse repertoire, each concert is woven into a seamless whole, creating a uniquely enjoyable experience for the audience.
The Singers were founded at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Members include fellows and alumnae of this College as well as of other Cambridge colleges, employees of the University and singers drawn from the wider community.
Katharina Megli was raised in a tightly-knit Mennonite community in Alberta, Canada, where singing, and particularly choral singing, was part of every occasion. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Katharina attended the opera course for two years at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
As a professional singer, she performed roles with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and the Stratford Festival as well as the Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver Opera Companies. She also appeared with the Chicago and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and sang the role of Carmen in Peter Brook’s version of Bizet’s opera on Broadway.